Andrew Lapin

Andrew Lapin

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
NPR , The Dissolve
Total Reviews:
63

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 54% Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014) " Director Thomas Allen Harris has made an earnest, though often sloppy, documentary on the essential role imagery plays in shaping the narrative of a people." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 26, 2014
3.5/5.0 60% Winter In The Blood (2014) " At the end of Winter In The Blood, there's a general sense that not everything the Smiths attempted has worked, but it's hard to separate the strong moments from the weak ones" — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 20, 2014
2.0/5.0 86% We Are Mari Pepa (2014) " The film is fitfully amusing but a bit too shapeless, even for a story about slackers." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 19, 2014
3/5 —— Frontera (2014) " ...when Berry, making his feature writing and directing debut, takes the time to do something unexpected, it usually pays off." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 11, 2014
2.5/5 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " Because some will insist otherwise, it needs to be emphasized again for the record that The Purge: Anarchy is a tremendously stupid film." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/5 71% Alive Inside (2014) " At times, Alive Inside's editing style, which renders subjects as before/after cases, skirts dangerously close to Dr. Oz-like Miracle Cure territory. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 15, 2014
2.5/5 80% Violette (2014) " A biopic in fragments, Martin Provost's Violette often feels like a manuscript with every other page torn out" — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/5 81% The Hornet's Nest (2014) " The Hornet's Nest is exactly the version of the military that the military wants people to see, which means all its earnestness can't help but feel calculated." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 11, 2014
3.0/5 63% Filth (2014) " Does the Trainspotting style still work, 18 years later? Yes, but with caveats. Filth has considerably less empathy for its characters than its spiritual predecessor [...] which can make the film feel too cruel for school." — The Dissolve
Posted May 1, 2014
2.0/5 78% The Machine (2014) " The Machine is listening to the language of other science-fiction films-but [...] isn't up on the dialect, and hears only echoes of substance." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 24, 2014
2.0/5 81% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) " Celebrities including Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, and Josh Radnor supply plain voiceovers of the islanders' writings, usually over still photos, and the point of view changes so haphazardly it's difficult to keep all the personalities straight." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 14% Refuge (2014) " [...] Refuge's true effectiveness lies in Ritter's distinctively non-angelic performance. It's the work of a woman who knows she's been dealt a bad hand, but can't bring herself to leave the game." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 25, 2014
1.5/5 30% Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014) " For a film about the hardened soldiers who oversaw the most notorious detainment center of the Iraq War, Boys Of Abu Ghraib is remarkably squeamish about tackling its subject matter head-on. " — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 3, 2014
1.5/5 91% Kids for Cash (2014) " [A] for-profit prison developer so easily gaming the American justice system? An entire community of families ignorant of their legal rights? [These] are much thornier, more pressing outrages, and they go unexplored." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.5/5 30% Date And Switch (2014) " Date And Switch is a plucky step in the right direction for diversity in teen comedies, but it lacks the extra oomph to stand on its own merits." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
1.5/5 —— Art Machine (2014) " There's something deeply depressing about a debut film centered on fading talent, but even more depressing are the downright amateurish insights it musters about youth, the art world, and the burdens of growing up gifted." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 14, 2014
3.5/5 70% Love & Air Sex (2014) " Brian Poyser [manages] to make low-key, low-stakes emotions feel sexy." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2.0/5 13% Brightest Star (2014) " The chief problem is that no matter what the nameless dude is up to, it hardly seems to matter." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3.5/5 82% G.B.F. (2014) " There are many moments when the dialogue strains too hard to be hip, and when the humor goes too broad [...] [b]ut it's hard to complain when every scene in G.B.F. seems to unearth a new, pleasant surprise." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2.5/5 95% Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014) " It's appropriately weighty and filled with loss-of-innocence undertones and some fun cultural detours, yet the film's odd flatness makes it hard to invest in." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 10, 2014
3.5/5 56% The Best Offer (2014) " A sleek art-world caper." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 8, 2014
4/5 96% The Crash Reel (2013) " The sense of praying for a professional athlete to please, please not mount a comeback is what makes The Crash Reel so terrifying and so compulsively watchable. " — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 10, 2013
3/5 78% Breakfast With Curtis (2013) " Not quite seminal, but getting there." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 5, 2013
3/5 67% Detroit Unleaded (2013) " Nashef knows how to write good dialogue, and lavishes attention on everyone." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3.5/5 75% Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here (2013) " At times, it's hard to imagine how a real, physical visit to a Kabakov exhibit could improve upon Wallach's film, which plays like the world's trippiest docent." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 12, 2013
3/5 65% Great Expectations (2013) " While the latest Great Expectations is unnecessary...it's somehow endearing. Director Mike Newell has delivered an easily digestible, though visually plain, take on the classic." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 7, 2013
2.5/5 —— How The Fire Fell " How The Fire Fell hews closely to Creffield's story, but renders it mostly incomprehensible...The style lends this tale of the past a sinister modernism, but comes at the expense of narrative." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 4, 2013
2/5 —— Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro (2013) " Too often, Two feels like a stranger's camcorder footage that's been edited on the fly." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 22, 2013
3/5 89% Torn (2013) " Past its bland title and handful of overwrought soap-opera moments, Torn rings with the sound of quiet truth. " — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 16, 2013
4/5 100% God Loves Uganda (2013) " One effective sequence after another...carries the alarming sensation of ideological chaos without resorting to technical trickery." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3/5 61% The Summit (2013) " Reenactments in documentaries are always a tricky business, but here, they feel necessary. The staged scenes communicate just how visceral mountaineering can be." — The Dissolve
Posted Oct 2, 2013
1.5/5 48% Zaytoun (2013) " Though Dorff isn't the only thing wrong with Zaytoun, he is still its biggest liability, and the rare case where one miscast role ruins a film's essential premise." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3.5/5 71% Newlyweeds (2013) " It's difficult to deduce whether Newlyweeds is too loose, or merely designed to appear too loose...Yet the movie has a certain dark charm." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 18, 2013
4.5/5 99% Wadjda (2013) " An expertly crafted piece of filmmaking...Wadjda is an object of stark beauty, an oasis of free-spirited cinema emerging from the desert." — The Dissolve
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3/5 81% Una noche (One Night) (2013) " The Spike Lee-presented Una Noche is less a sociopolitical statement than a sweaty, sexed-up coming-of-age film." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 26, 2013
1/5 8% Savannah (2013) " Savannah's backstory may sound inscrutable to the world outside Southern Georgia social clubs; that's because it is." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 26, 2013
3/5 —— The Weekend (2013) " With essentially nothing to lose, Avers and company hit a note of playful confidence." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 19, 2013
4/5 93% This Is Martin Bonner (2013) " Somewhere far beyond the hoary parables of most faith-based films and the brutal body-blows of prison flicks soars This Is Martin Bonner, an understated drama with small words and big ideas." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 13, 2013
1/5 78% Rising From Ashes (2013) " Rising From Ashes, a film produced by Project Rwanda and funded by its donors, is little more than an 82-minute fundraising pitch." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/5 84% 100 Bloody Acres (2013) " The Morgan brothers' special blend of gross-out laughs is just sustainable enough." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 11, 2013
2/5 86% Terms And Conditions May Apply (2013) " Apart from its shallow analysis,Terms And Conditions is, if anything, not alarmist enough." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 11, 2013
75% Collaborator (2012) " Writer-director-star Martin Donovan can't connect the dots; the film is a ponderous bore." — NPR
Posted Jul 5, 2012
41% The Last Ride (2012) " The film can't really function as a proper meditation on its subject - because he's not really its subject." — NPR
Posted Jun 21, 2012
69% Extraterrestrial (2012) " There is originality, certainly. But Vigalondo teased us with the moon and the stars, and delivered only the terrestrial." — NPR
Posted Jun 14, 2012
29% Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (2012) " Peace, Love & Misunderstanding mostly comes across as chintzy and uninspired as its title." — NPR
Posted Jun 7, 2012
90% Historias que so existem quando lembradas (Found Memories) (2012) " The feeling of twilight permeates Found Memories, which doesn't feel so much like a tale of discovery as it does a eulogy." — NPR
Posted May 31, 2012
89% OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie (2012) " There are many moments where Clayman's experience speaks to something universal, but other details feel too private, too specific, for our eyes." — NPR
Posted May 24, 2012
5% Hick (2012) " Doesn't deserve to be remembered as much of anything." — NPR
Posted May 10, 2012
89% Death of a Superhero (2012) " Charming, raunchy and improbably uplifting." — NPR
Posted May 3, 2012
63% The Five-Year Engagement (2012) " [It] feels poignant and real in a way few raunch comedies are." — NPR
Posted Apr 28, 2012
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